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Lee Westwood's bid for history dashed as Justin Thomas pips him to Players Championship title

For the second Sunday running, Lee Westwood, the evergreen Englishman, stood up to be counted in a ferocious battled against a young Starred-and-Striped superstar and came up agonisingly short. This time it was world No 3 Justin Thomas denying the remarkable veteran, as the American assembled an inspired back nine to win his first Players Championship. Westwood, 47, held a two-shot lead going into the last round in Ponte Vedra and despite suffering a fraught opening nine that saw him visit the water on two occasions, he fought back to maintain the same advantage on the 10th tee. At that stage, the biggest win of the former world No 1’s garlanded career was in reach. Westwood has lifted more than 40 trophies around the globe but, after so many near misses in the majors, nothing on the scale of the tournament that is often referred to as “the fifth major”. However, Thomas produced a staggering four-hole stretch from the ninth that he played in five-under and that ultimately set him up to grasp the $2.7m (£1.95m) first prize and the PGA Tour’s flagship title.

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